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From Johnny Rosenberg <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] ODF file formats vs Zip
Date Mon, 10 Jun 2013 04:09:13 GMT
2013/6/10 Richard Detwiler <>:
> Girvin R. Herr wrote:
>> ....
>> Probably like you, I find the few seconds it takes to save the file
>> irritating sometimes, especially since only about one keystroke is saved
>> while it is going on. Worse, it seems destined (designed?) to pick a time
>> that is the most irritating to me - just as I start something, rarely when I
>> am just looking at what I have written and/or thinking about something.
>> Better, would be to have the save go on in the background, while one
>> continues working. If that is too dangerous, take a snapshot into a
>> temporary file and save that - all in the background. One should not even be
>> aware that a save is going on in the background. If it really bothers you,
>> you can turn the autosave off in the Tools->Options dialog. I also check the
>> "Always create backup file" (.bak) in the same dialog. This acts much like
>> the old editors and word processors - saving the original before any editing
>> takes place. The downside is the risk of losing a whole day's work, and the
>> restore after LO crash function.
>> Girvin Herr
> I always have auto-save off for those reasons, and instead I'm in the habit
> of very frequently saving the file (which takes about half a second using
> Ctrl+S (on Windows, may be different on other operating systems).

I think the time will be more dependent on the contents of your
document and the speed of your hardware. When I say several seconds, I
am talking about a spreadsheet with thousands of rows and maybe 20-30
columns and 5-10 sheets (not all of them that populated, though). Of
course, when working with a smaller document, saving time is not an
issue at all.

>That way,
> the save can happen when I want it to (like when I'm looking at what I've
> written or thinking about something ...).
> Also, I don't know if this is the case with auto-save, but when manually
> saving, I'm pretty sure that things can not be "undone" prior to the save.
> If this is indeed the case with auto-save, this is another very good reason
> not to use it. You may have done something you really want to undo, but if
> the auto-save happens, you can't. (Again, I'm not positive whether this is
> the case with auto-save like with manual save, but I'm guessing it may be.)
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